On paper it wasn't meant to be the best, but that was a cracking game.
Make sure you catch it on Match of the Day later.
Referee Graham Scott blows the whistle and Stoke earn an impressive victory at the Vitality Stadium.
Jon Walters has had a brilliant game for Stoke and he almost makes it four.
The Republic of Ireland international smacks his shot straight at Artur Boruc and Bournemouth scramble clear.
Five minutes of injury time and Bournemouth are on the attack.
The deliveries are coming in from all angles, but Stoke's defence stand tall and clear their lines, despite the ball ping-ponging around.
Cherries midfielder Harry Arter is booked for a rather cynical foul on Xherdan Shaqiri.
Josh King has made a huge difference for Bournemouth on the wing with his speed and precision.
But the Cherries haven't quite had the killer instinct in the box. They retain possession but it looks like the comeback isn't on after all.
It's getting a bit fruity between Jon Walters and Simon Francis.
The two face-off after Francis's late tackle and the Bournemouth defender earns a yellow card.
Stoke make their final substitution, as Stephen Ireland replaces Ibrahim Afellay.
Juan Iturbe springs into action immediately for Bournemouth, but his speculative effort is blocked by the body of Stoke defender Philipp Wollschied.
Harry Arter tries to follow it up but his strike goes well over.
Andy Surman is booked for a rash challenge, and Bournemouth opt to make their third substitution.
Junior Stanislas is off, replaced by on-loan Roma forward Juan Iturbe.
Bournemouth are really up for this. A flashing cross from Josh King reaches Junior Stanislas but the winger can't quite get it under control.
Mame Diouf's snazzy green and purple boots are causing him some problems. The Stoke striker's lost one of them and he can't redo his laces because he's got gloves on.
Instead, Glenn Whelan has to bend down to do the honours. That's team-work.
Bournemouth's Josh King rushes forward on the left but his ball in can't quite reach Matt Ritchie in the centre of the box.
Ritchie is inches away from latching onto the end of it. Very close.
We've finally had a second to breathe here. What a five minutes that was!
Stoke have lost two defenders to injury and Bournemouth are looking to make the most of it.
Benik Afobe hits over from close range, and it spooks an unsettled Stoke.
Hang on, we have a game here.
Scotland international Matt Ritchie came on at half-time for Bournemouth and has made an impact already.
He smacks a left-footed shot past Jack Butland. Lovely stuff.
Another beauty from Stoke!
Joselu had only been on the field for a second, replacing the injured Glen Johnson, but he leaps high over the Bournemouth defence and heads home, after a succulent ball in from Xherdan Shaqiri.
A beautiful finish from Ibrahim Afellay, set up very well by Jon Walters.
Stoke hit on the break and Walters has time to hold the ball up before feeding to Afellay, who sweeps home with ease.
Bournemouth brought on two attackers at half-time. Looks like it's cost them.
Stoke defender Glen Johnson heads away danger in the box, lands heavily and stays down.
The referee fails to blow the whistle and Bournemouth substitute Josh King tries to poke home past Jack Butland, but is eventually denied.
Johnson needs treatment and is trying to walk off the injury.
We're back under way!
Two tactical changes for Bournemouth - Marc Pugh and Dan Gosling are off and Josh King and Matt Ritchie are on.
Stoke also made a chance at the break with Dionatan Teixeira on for Marc Muniesa.
Giannelli Imbula arrived at Stoke from Porto on transfer deadline day in January.
The 23-year-old cost the club a record £18.3m, and he's managed to grab his first ever Premier League goal in only his second game for the Potters.
Worth a watch on Match of the Day later. Proper thunderbolt.
Bournemouth have enjoyed 62% possession in this game but have only forced Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland into one save all game - that was from Charlie Daniels.
Striker Benik Afobe has netted three in five for the Cherries, but as this map shows, he's only had two touches in the box in the first 45 minutes at the Vitality Stadium.
Marc Muniesa is receiving some treatment on a leg injury, and it looks like Stoke are going to be forced into a change.
But the half-time whistle goes before it can be made.
It's Stoke who have the advantage at Bournemouth.
Stoke defender Philipp Wollschied tries to stop the bulldozer that is Benik Afobe and he trips the Bournemouth striker.
Afobe stumbles, makes two or three steps before falling on the edge of the area. There's appeals for a foul but Graham Scott waves them away.
Quick corner from Bournemouth and Charlie Daniels flicks in a swirling ball and Stoke goalkeeper has to stretch to tap it away from danger.
Not sure Daniels meant it, but it was close.
Bournemouth's Marc Pugh brings down Xherdan Shaqiri and concedes a free-kick on his way to a booking.
The set-piece is whipped in by Shaqiri and Mame Diouf can only send his attempt towards goalkeeper Artur Boruc.
But Shaqiri has a go again, this time from 25-yards out, and he drags his shot just wide.
All Stoke at the moment.
Stoke's pacy winger Xherdan Shaqiri runs straight into Charlie Daniels, and the Bournemouth full-back goes on the march straight down the other end.
Daniels tries to find Benik Afobe but fails, and Stoke go on the charge again.
Jon Walters has another go at goal and Cherries keeper Artur Boruc saves.
Glenn Whelan gives the ball away in the middle of the park and Charlie Daniels tries to capitalise on his mistake, but the Bournemouth defender can't stop it from rolling out of play.
"Come on, Bournemouth," scream the home fans.
Three corners in quick succession, and the big Cherries defenders are up, but Stoke clear and break forward.
Jon Walters has a go from the left wing but his shot is stopped by home goalkeeper Artur Boruc.
Bournemouth's Marc Pugh has a little nudge on Stoke defender Glen Johnson and a free-kick is given.
Xherdan Shaqiri whips it in from the right but it goes out for a goal kick.
Xherdan Shaqiri has a go from distance with his left peg and Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc is forced to parry the shot away.
The home fans try and rally behind the Bournemouth players. They're not up to much so far.
Stoke striker Mame Diouf is booked for a tackle on Cherries defender Adam Smith.
Not his first offence of the game....
Jon Walters with a stinging right-footed volley but it hits the side netting.
Stoke looking good on the attack.
A vigorous tackle from Bournemouth defender Simon Francis denies an on-rushing Mame Diouf on the edge of the box.
First corner of the game from Xherden Shaqiri, but it comes to nothing for Stoke.
Before Giannelli Imbula's opener, Stoke hadn't scored for a month.
And bar the goal, they've not done much here.
But Bournemouth have yet to settle, either.
Former Chelsea & Norwich striker on Final Score
"It was wonderful technique, a left-foot volley and a tremendous start for Stoke who haven’t been scoring goals of late."
A thunderbolt from new Stoke signing Giannelli Imbula!
The France Under-21 international powers forward and volleys into the far corner from outside the area - in Stoke's real attack of the game.
Imbula only made his debut last week after signing from Porto.
Stoke have conceded four free-kicks already, and we're only six minutes in.
Looks like we have a physical battle on the cards.
Andy Surman makes a dash forward and feeds through to Bournemouth's lone striker Benik Afobe, but the former Wolves man is dispossessed by Erik Pieters on the edge of the box.
Afobe has scored three times in his first five games for the Cherries. Not a bad January signing, that.
Early free-kick conceded by Stoke defender Erik Pieters.
Bournemouth press forward and Charlie Daniels tries to send an in-swinging ball across from the left, but it goes way over and into the crowd.
Group huddles done.
Referee Graham Scott gets us under way.
Match of the Day commentator
"This is an opportunity Bournemouth must grasp. A victory could take them eight points clear of the relegation positions and within three wins of the 40-point traditional safety mark.
"Stoke are on the brink of their worst league run in four years. They're suffering their worst top-flight scoring drought in 31 years. The Cherries have to take advantage.
"With Benik Afobe looking dangerous after his January move, I can see a lively Bournemouth start and a home victory."
The players are moseying out onto the pitch at a chilly-looking Vitality Stadium.
Bournemouth are sporting their home strip of red and black stripes.
Stoke, meanwhile, are wearing an apparently one-off third strip, which is a glossy white number.